The first martyr of the church was Stephen it is well to note that Stephen saw Jesus standing on the right hand of God willing and able to receive this child of God. take note no matter how bad something may appear God is able to make new beginnings for as Stephen fell asleep in the arms of Jesus the man who held the stoners garments was one SAUL OF TARSUS The one who became Paul and carried the gospel far and wide before he also died a martyrs death.
STEVEN STONED Acts 7
54 Now when they heard these things they were enraged, and they ground their teeth at him. 55 But he, full of the Holy Spirit, gazed into heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God. 56 And he said, "Behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God." 57 But they cried out with a loud voice and stopped their ears and rushed together at him. 58 Then they cast him out of the city and stoned him. And the witnesses laid down their garments at the feet of a young man named Saul. 59 And as they were stoning Stephen, he called out, "Lord Jesus, receive my spirit." 60 And falling to his knees he cried out with a loud voice, "Lord, do not hold this sin against them." And when he had said this, he fell asleep.